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A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:11/4/2014 - 12/1/2015
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
Contact:jane@writingsalons.com
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: Napa Valley Writers' Conference
State: California
Registration Due: Priority deadline: March 16, Rolling thereafter.
Conf. Dates:7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015
Info:For 35 years, we've offered intimate poetry and fiction workshops with a focus on fellowship and craft, amidst the hills and vineyards of Northern California's Wine Country.
Contact:info@napawritersconference.org
URL: Napa Valley Writers' Conference

Title: Write Your Memoir Retreat 2015
State: CT
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/2/2015 - 1/4/2015
Info:Geared to both experienced and emerging memoir writers, the weekend includes: 15 minute mentoring sessions with an instructor to discuss your individual writing. Specific instruction and writing exercises to help you progress with your memoir. Workshop and discussion of your work.
Contact:judymandel@gmail.com
URL: Write Your Memoir Retreat 2015

Title: Readercon 26
State: MA
Registration Due: Closes on June 15. All others must pay at door.
Conf. Dates:7/9/2015 - 7/12/2015
Info:Readercon is an conference dedicated to speculative or imaginary literature. This is our 26th year and our Guests of Honor are Gary Wolfe and Nicola Griffith with Memorial Guest of Honor Joanna Russ.
Contact:info@readercon.org
URL: Readercon

Title: The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
State: MA
Registration Due: Dealine is July 18, 2015.
Conf. Dates:7/19/2015 - 7/24/2015
Info:Each summer, the institute invites published authors, poets, and literary editors to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with writers, and provide the necessary tips and tools for editing and publishing their work. This year we have an amazing faculty line-up, including award-winning authors and poets, Michael Martone, Phong Nguyen, Marcus Wicker, and Emily Skaja.
Contact:mvicwdirector@gmail.com
URL: The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Title: Chesapeake Writers' Conference
State: Maryland
Registration Due: Rolling Admissions
Conf. Dates:7/12/2015 - 7/18/2015
Info:Join us on Maryland’s Western Shore—five minutes from the Chesapeake, ten from the Potomac–for a week of craft talks, lectures, panel discussions, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. It is possible to receive college course credit for the work you do at the conference.
Contact:chesapeakewritersconference@smcm.edu
URL: http://www.smcm.edu/events/chesapeake-writers-conference/

Title: 18th Annual Writing and Creativity Retreat For Women
State: ME
Registration Due: Early Registration Ends June 1, Save $200
Conf. Dates:9/27/2015 - 10/7/2015
Info:Write and explore your creativity overlooking the rocky Maine coast in Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. Our day flows in a magical rhythm that rises from this soulful land, the rocks, the sea and the air. Through our writing, our circle work and sharing meals that are culinary delights, we slough off our outer world self and enter the timeless, creative space within. Here we meet our unfettered creative self-perhaps for the first time!
Contact:emily@emilyhanlon.com
URL: 18th Annual Writing and Creativity Retreat For Women

Title: BABES ON THE BEACH 2015 WOMEN'S FICTION & ROMANCE WRITER'S CONFERENCE
State: NC
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:8/23/2015 - 8/27/2015
Info:Babes On The Beach 2015 Women's Fiction and Romance Writer's Retreat brings together literary agents, editors and published authors to present workshops and offer query and partial critiques in a unique ocean-front setting. Daily yoga classes will also be provided for all participants. This is an all-inclusive retreat that includes a four night stay, all meals and workshops. Editors from Harlequin and Sourcebooks and literary agents from The Knight Agency, Nancy Yost Literary, Inklings and Holloway Literary will be on hand for pitching
Contact:Nikki@BOTBWR.com
URL: BABES ON THE BEACH 2015 WOMEN'S FICTION & ROMANCE WRITER'S CONFERENCE

Title: The Frost Place Conference on Poetry
State: New Hampshire
Registration Due: Deadline: June 15, accepted on a rolling basis.
Conf. Dates:7/12/2015 - 7/18/2015
Info:Spend a week at "intensive poetry camp" with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. The Frost Place Conference on Poetry offers daily workshops, classes, lectures, writing and revising time in a supportive and dynamic environment. Faculty: Martha Rhodes, Gabriel Fried, Joan Houlihan, John Murillo, Patrick Phillips.
Contact:Sarah Audsley, saudsley@frostplace.org.
URL: The Frost Place Conference on Poetry

Title: Millay Colony for the Arts
State: New York
Registration Due: 10/1/14 and 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:4/1/2015 - 11/1/2015
Info:Millay Colony offers 2 week to 1 month residencies to those who go through our selection process. Residencies include room, studio, and meals at no cost to the writer.
Contact:apply@millaycolony.org
URL: Millay Colony for the Arts

Title: WRITE ON GOLDEN POND WITH OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON
State: NH
Registration Due: Call Lori at 603-744-3652.
Conf. Dates:6/26/2015 - 6/28/2015
Info:Open to eight writers only — of any age, experience or background — this weekend is all about process. Whatever your interest is — film, theatre or prose — this weekend will reinforce your creative confidence. Each writer creates a new short play — five pages max — in an inspiring, safe and distraction-free environment, with constant hands-on guidance from Ernest and his partners and, at the end of the weekend, each play will be performed by professional actors in front of a live audience.
Contact:WOGP@WhitebridgeFarmProductions.com
URL: WRITE ON GOLDEN POND WITH OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON

Title: The New York City Poetry Festival
State: NY
Registration Due: No Registration deadline
Conf. Dates:7/25/2015 - 7/26/2015
Info:250 poets. 75 organizations, 5 boroughs. 3 stages. 2 days. ONE CITY. Headliners include Nick Flynn, Patricia Spears Jones, David Matlin, and Fran Quinn.
Contact:nycpofest@gmail.com
URL: The New York City Poetry Festival

Title: HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers by Hippocampus Magazine
State: PA
Registration Due: July 15, 2015 - (Early-Bird Ends May 15)
Conf. Dates:8/7/2015 - 8/9/2015
Contact:info@hippocampusmagazine.com
URL: HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers by Hippocampus Magazine

Title: American Christian Fiction Writers
State: SC
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/16/2015 - 3/16/2016
Info:The South Carolina Chapter of American Fiction Writers meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 2:00-5:00PM at North Anderson Baptist Church, 2308 N. Main Street, Anderson, South Carolina. Visitors are welcome. The meetings consist of a speaker on various writing subjects, then a manuscript critique session and a great opportunity to network with other writers.
Contact:elvacmartin@gmail.com
URL: American Christian Fiction Writers

Title: LexiCon Writers Conference
State: TX
Registration Due: Deadline July 15th.
Conf. Dates:7/17/2015 - 7/19/2015
Info:A networking opportunity for all writers to improve their product, marketing, and promotion.
Contact:http://www.lexi-conwritersconference.com/
URL: LexiCon Writers Conference

Title: The Virginia Writers Club 5th Annual Writers Symposium,
State: Virginia
Registration Due: 7/10/15 (early bird), 7/29/15 (regular)
Conf. Dates:8/1/2015 - 8/1/2015
Info:The VWC 5th Annual Writers Symposium: Navigating Your Writing Life: Balancing Craft and Business, focuses this year on both the craft and business of being a writer. Best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb will offer writing insights as this year’s keynote speaker.
Contact:phyllisduncan52@gmail.com
URL: Virginia Writers Club Annual Symposium

Title: "Crafting the Page-Turner" Writers' Symposium
State: Ontario - Canada
Registration Due: Early Bird Pricing until 8/31/15, regular 10/1/15
Conf. Dates:10/17/2015 - 10/18/2015
Info:Award-winning author Barbara Kyle will host her "Crafting the Page-Turner" Writers' Symposium at Humber College in Toronto on 17-18 October with guest presenters from the top ranks of the publishing industry.
Contact:lisa@barbarakyle.com
URL: "Crafting the Page-Turner" Writers' Symposium

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!

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